|Lois Maria Nelson Brown, 76, of Paxton, formerly of Galesburg, passed away on May 18, 2011 at Illinois Knights Templar Home in Paxton, Ill.
She was born October 21, 1934 in Chicago, Ill., to Wesley and Theola Truitt Nelson. At the time of her birth, her parents were hosting family visitors who had come for the Chicago Worlds Fair.
She spent her early years near Henderson Grove, Henderson, and Ontario in the Galesburg area. When she was 11 years of age, her family moved to Colorado, where she lived on four different farms in the Denver area.
In 1951, her family returned to Henderson Grove. She graduated from Galesburg High School in 1952, one of the top students in her class.
On June 8, 1952, she married Charles Brown. They divorced in 1974. She is survived by their five children, Sandra (Robert) Sherman, New Providence, N.J., Linda (Morris) Tammen, Thawville, Ill., John (Michele) Brown, Johnston, Iowa, James (Joan) Brown, Galesburg, and Joseph (Lauren) Brown, Huntington, N.Y. and eleven grandchildren. She is also survived by her mother, Theola Nelson, who resides at Illinois Knights Templar Home and her brother, Carl (Jan) Nelson, Springdale, Ark. She was preceded in death by her brother, Paul Nelson and her father, Wesley L. Nelson.
Lois was an honors graduate of Carl Sandburg College, where she received her degree in 1972. She worked as a registered nurse at St Mary Medical Center in Galesburg until her retirement in 1996. She was an active member for many years at Coldbrook Christian Church and later Messiah Lutheran Church and served both churches in a variety of capacities, including the Henderson Women's Club, WELCA, the church choir and church council. She also served as Chaplain of the Illinois State Grange. She was a member of the Amnesty International and Greenpeace.
Lois was a devoted daughter and an exceptional mother and grandmother who loved to make quilts for family and friends. The memories of gathering together for Grandma's special late night "tea times" are cherished by each of her grandchildren.
Funeral service will be 3 p.m. Saturday at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Henderson Grove. Rev. Kurt Carlsen will officiate. Visitation will be 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church. Private family burial will be in Henderson Grove Cemetery before the service. In lieu of flowers, Lois wished to have memorials sent to Amnesty International, Planned Parenthood, Illinois Knights Templar Home, or the Messiah Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.